Admissions | MA Art History Abroad | Florence, Italy

Admissions MA in Art History

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How to Apply

Apply to the MA in Art History program at SACI and begin your journey to Florence. Discover eligibility requirements for US and international students. Learn how to create and submit your online application form. Find out what supporting documents are needed for your application.

  • Eligibility

    US and international students who have earned, or will have earned, a bachelor’s degree, or its equivalent, prior to beginning graduate study at SACI may apply for admission to the MA in Art History program. Applicants who attend, or attended, a US college or university must have earned a minimum overall grade point average of 3.0 (based upon a scale in which A = 4.0). The required minimum undergraduate grade point average in Art History course work if the applicant has had no previous graduate experience is 3.3. The required minimum grade point average in previous graduate work in Art History is also 3.3. Those whose native language is not English who have not demonstrated English-language proficiency through prior study at a US institution will be required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) administered by the Educational Testing Service (ETS) and have their TOEFL scores sent directly by ETS to SACI’s Admissions Office.

    In addition to the above, to be admitted to the program applicants must demonstrate:

    • Academic distinction in prior university-level study as evidenced through submission of transcripts from all schools attended showing courses completed and grades received. In reviewing applicants’ academic records, special attention will be paid to course work undertaken in areas most relevant to Art History.
    • Academic promise in Art History as evinced through submission of two papers on art-historical themes.
    • Strong support from instructors or others familiar with the applicant’s work as indicated through submission of at least three letters of recommendation that evaluate the applicant’s past academic performance; assess the applicant’s appropriateness for MA in Art History study in Florence at SACI and likelihood of success in the program; and appraise the applicant’s potential for career distinction as an art historian and educator.
    • A background suggesting sufficient maturity to be able to take full advantage of the unique opportunities available through studying Art History at the graduate level in Florence.
    • Clearly articulated educational goals and academic aspirations that could best be advanced through matriculation in SACI’s MA in Art History program. All proficiencies required for entrance to the program must be achieved prior to admittance. No credit toward the degree is permitted for study directed toward completion of these proficiencies.
  • Create an Online Application

    Create a SACI Online Application and Pay the $70 Non-Refundable Application Processing Fee

    You can edit your application at any time before it is submitted. When submitting your application, you will be asked to pay the application fee online with a Mastercard, Visa, or Discover credit card. You will be able to check the status of your SACI application through your online account. Please submit your online application prior to sending any supporting documents.

    If you wish to apply for a SACI scholarship, you must indicated on your online application that you are applying for a scholarship.
  • Supporting Documents

    Please submit your online application prior to sending any supporting documents. Upon completion of your online application, directions will be given on how to properly submit each supporting document through your MySACI account.


    Official Transcripts

    One set of official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended.

    International Students: All non-Canadian international students are required to complete a degree equivalent evaluation, in place of your Official Transcripts requirement, through World Education Services.


    Three Letters of Recommendation 

    Three recommendation letters from instructors or other artists familiar with your work (academic references preferred). A Recommendation Letter Form, which should accompany each written Letter of Recommendation, must be sent directly from the recommender to the SACI New York Admissions Office, either by mail or email. This form can be accessed on the applicant’s MySACI account.  


    Short Essay

    The essay should describe your area of specialization, objectives, and reasons for wishing to enter the program.


    Original Papers

    Two examples of original papers demonstrating the applicant’s scholarship on art-historical themes. Submit in PDF format, up to 4 MB each.


    If You Have Been Out of School for More Than Three Years:

    Curriculum Vitae

    In addition to the above, a curriculum vitae is required of those who have been out of school for 3 or more years.


    If Your Native Language Is Not English:

    Evidence of Language Proficiency

    See the Non-US Students section for information about English language proficiency assessments.

  • Interview

    Once all application materials are submitted to SACI’s New York Admissions Office, a Skype Interview will be conducted. The Skype Interview is an opportunity for candidates to elaborate on their submitted materials, discuss their interests and abilities, and explore the opportunities SACI can give to meet their goals.

    Interviews begin in January, and are conducted by the Director of MA in Art History program. You will be contacted by email to schedule the interview. If you are in Florence, you may choose to interview in person.

Key Deadlines

Use this comprehensive list of application deadlines and scholarship deadlines as you apply for the MA in Art History program at SACI.

  • Application Deadlines

    Application Deadline May 1

  • Scholarship Deadlines

    Scholarship Deadline March 15

  • Program Deposit Deadlines

    Program Deposit Deadline June 1

    In order to secure a place in the program to which you have been admitted, a deposit of $1,000 must be paid by June 1.

  • Full Payment Deadlines

    Fall Term August 1

    Spring Term December 1

    Summer I Term April 15

    Summer II Term May 30

  • Commencement

Term Dates

Use this comprehensive list of academic term dates as you apply for the MA in Art History program at SACI.

  • Academic Year 2021-22

    FALL 2021

    Term start/end dates: September 2 - December 20, 2021

    Arrival - Housing Opens September 2

    Orientation September 3-4

    Class Begins September 6

    Midterm Break for Undergraduates October 30-November 7

    Final Exams December 13-17

    Departure Dates - Housing Closes December 20



    SPRING 2022

    Term start/end dates: January 6 - April 26, 2022

    Arrival - Housing Opens January 6

    Orientation January 7-8

    Class Begins January 10

    Midterm Break for Undergraduates February 26 - March 6

    Easter Monday - School Closed April 18

    Final Exams April 19-22

    Departure Dates - Housing Closes April 26


    SUMMER I 2022

    Term start/end dates: May 19 - June 25, 2022

    Arrival - Housing Opens May 19

    Orientation May 20-21

    Classes Begin May 23

    Classes End June 24

    Departure Dates - Housing Closes June 25


    SUMMER II 2022

    Term start/end dates: July 30 - July 30, 2022

    Arrival - Housing Opens June 30

    Orientation July 1-2

    Classes Begin July 4

    Classes End July 29

    Departure Dates - Housing Closes July 30

Tuition & Fees

Tuition & fees for the MA in Art History program at SACI are released at least one year in advance. To calculate the direct costs owed to SACI, add the tuition, activity fee, student services fee, and housing fee (if applicable) for the Fall, Spring, Summer I, and Summer II terms, as well as the deposit (refundable general program deposit and non-refundable tuition deposit). What is included in tuition & fees? For information about the projected Cost of Attendance (including estimates for food, travel, and miscellaneous expenses), see 2020-2021 Cost of Attendance MA the Important Documents box in the Scholarship and Federal Aid section.

  • Academic Year 2021-22

    FALL 2021

    $13,000 Tuition (September 2 - December 20, 2021)

    $1,200 Activity Fee

    $900 Student Services Fee

    $3,950 SACI Housing Option - SACI shared room in a shared apartment

    Add an additional $1,850 to the above for single occupancy in SACI housing.

    $5,990 Homestay Housing Option - 2 students in 1 room in a host family's home 

    Add an additional $910 to the above for single occupancy in SACI homestay. 

    $1,000 Deposit ($500 refundable General Program Deposit, $500 non-refundable Tuition Deposit)


    SPRING 2022

    $13,000 Tuition (January 6 - April 26, 2022)

    $1,200 Activity Fee

    $900 Student Services Fee

    $3,950 SACI Housing Option - SACI shared room in a shared apartment

    Add an additional $1,850 to the above for single occupancy in SACI housing.

    $5,990 Homestay Housing Option - 2 students in 1 room in a host family's home 

    Add an additional $910 to the above for single occupancy in SACI homestay.


    SUMMER I 2022

    $5,000 Tuition (May 19 - June 25, 2022)

    $450 Student Services Fee

    $1,500 Housing Fee (double occupancy in SACI housing)

    Add an additional $600 to the above for single occupancy in SACI housing.


    SUMMER II 2022

    $5,000 Tuition (June 30 - July 30, 2022)

    $450 Student Services Fee

    $1,250 Housing Fee (double occupancy in SACI housing)

    Add an additional $500 to the above for single occupancy in SACI housing.  

Scholarships & Aid

Learn how you can finance your study abroad experience in Italy through Federal Financial Aid and SACI Scholarships.

  • SACI Scholarships

    Full and partial scholarships are available for undergraduate and graduate study at SACI. All SACI scholarships are based on both artistic and academic ability and financial need. Applicants to all SACI programs that are for credit may apply for SACI scholarships. 

    Learn more about SACI Scholarships.

  • How to Apply for SACI Scholarships

    See complete instructions on how to apply for scholarships for each SACI program.

  • Financial Aid

    Any/all U.S. Federal Financial Aid received from a U.S. college or university can be transferred to cover fees for study at SACI. Learn more about Federal Financial Aid for undergraduate students and graduate students.

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